IPPO Newsletter No 12: Urban Intelligence, Cost Of Poor Mental Health to NHS
Welcome to the latest newsletter from the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO).
On July 7 at 3pm, our IPPO Cities team is holding the following one-hour online event
Urban intelligence: how are cities using evidence and data to improve decision-making?
Please sign up here.
The pandemic saw cities and regions make innovative use of evidence, data, modelling, and other forms of knowledge when formulating their responses. This event will highlight examples of good practice, lessons learned, and other takeaways for urban and regional policymakers.
Speakers will include:
- Maryanne Schretzman, Executive Director, Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, City of New York
- Mike Eakins, Intelligence and Policy Manager, Leeds City Council
- Dr. Aurel von Richthofen, Arup Germany, ETH-Singapore Centre
- Mar Santamaria, Co-Founder, 300.000 km/s, Barcelona
IPPO published its rapid evidence review of NHS staff wellbeing and mental health. Analysis by IPPO, The University of East Anglia and RAND Europe estimates the cost of poor mental health and wellbeing to the NHS might amount to £12.1 billion per year.
Click here to read the full report and here to watch the video of the launch event on June 17, 2022, with guest speakers Dr Steve Boorman CBE, director of employee health at consultancy Empactis and author of the landmark ‘Boorman’ report, and Professor Dame Carol Black, co-chair of NHS England/Improvement’s Expert Advisory Group on Employee Health and Wellbeing.
We are also continuing to run a short research project looking at how governments organised domestic intelligence during the pandemic. We are seeking insights from people involved in processes of working with data and evidence for government(s) during the pandemic – including collecting, evaluating, synthesising, and/or using intelligence, and/or designing the processes by which this happened. This is not limited to health, but also wider economic and social impacts.
If this applies to you, please contact email@example.com. If this applies to someone you know, please send this on to them and/or suggest them to us. We are looking to arrange both 1:1 informal interviews, and also group sessions.
There’s so much to read on the IPPO site this month.
- As the UK enters a cost-of-living crisis, Graeme Roy, the Dean of External Engagement in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow reviews the implications for public services in Scotland.
- After a stimulating IPPO workshop on ways to implement a minimum income guarantee in Scotland, Sarah Weakey, the University of Glasgow’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Lead reflects on the key takeaways for policymakers.
- Professor Nick Watson discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK, and what needs to be done.
- Virologist Feng Gao reviews China’s zero-COVID policy and asks whether such an approach is sustainable in the future.
- Professors from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana look back at how the country adopted and used science advice during the pandemic, as part of IPPO’s ongoing series on the use of science advice across the world, in partnership with the Evaluation of Science Advice in a Pandemic Emergency (EScAPE) project.